First, Chevrolet proudly showed off their new 2015 Camaro SS Convertible Festival Cars for this year’s Indy 500. Then, just a couple days later, WTHR in Indiana reported one of the rare Festival Cars had been stolen from the showroom floor of Bill Estes Chevrolet in Zionsville after being driven through a huge pane glass window. Now area police are keeping their eyes out for anything suspicious after failing to locate the perpetrator of this rather bizarre crime.
As Estes Chevrolet owner Bill Estes explained to WTHR, it wasn’t unusual to hear that one of their cars had been stolen overnight. What is unusual, however, is for a replica Indy 500 pace car of which only 100 will be built to be stolen right off the showroom floor and driven through the huge dealer windows with the canvas stop still down, injuring the then shirtless and still unnamed thief.
When the 400 horsepower drop-top Camaro was driven through the glass, it also cleared a 4-step stair set. Investigators believe this impact is what damaged the car the most, causing it to stall and suddenly shut down just a few short miles from Estes Chevrolet. When the car came to a stop, the suspect got out and knocked on a nearby door for help. The residents there didn’t let him in, obviously, and called 911. That was the last time anyone had seen the brazen car thief.
“We have no clue whether it was a teenager, or whether it was an adult, we don’t know if they were intoxicated, on drugs…we have no clue,” Zionsville Police Capt. Robert Musgrave told WTHR in an interview.
Police are still on the lookout for the Camaro thief after conducting K9 searches until about 5 a.m. Thursday morning and placing an extra police presence in the area during the day.